WSH Handmade vintage paper Quarter Imperial 12 sheets
12 Sheets of 1950s handmade WSH vintage paper.
Some of the finest paper you ever likely to use.
This beautiful paper was made in Somerset in the 1950s by hand from cotton rag and sized with gelatine. The paper maker was WS Hodgkinson.
Papers are rarely made like this anymore because the quality of fibre isn't available and the skills and techniques required are almost lost, especially when it comes to the larger paper producers who now tend to rely on machinery.
We bought a large consignment of this paper in 2016 from the mill's in house artist who rescued it from being converted into South American currency when the mill closed in the 1970s.
Everyone who has used this paper, be it for printmaking, drawing with ink, marbling or painting on it loves it because they're simply not used to the quality and quality paper makes making art easier because you're not fighting the material.
Packed in 12s - the equivalent of 3 full sheets of paper.
150gsm, 72lb Cold Pressed - textured
150gsm, 72lb Hot Pressed - smooth glazed surface
180gsm, 90lb Rough - very textured
Size: Quarter Imperial - 395 x 275 mm, 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches with 2 cut edges and 2 deckled edges
(approximate, sizes may vary slightly as these are cut by hand).
100% cotton rag, gelatine tub-sized. Tub sized means that the entire sheet is submerged in the size (size is the agent which stops inks and paints blotting).
Tried and tested uses include:
watercolor, ink and pencil drawing, letterpress, screenprint, digital print, marbling, bookbinding.
Please note that full Imperial sheets are available on request.